Nipple waterers and baby chicks? ..anybody doing this?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Backyard Farm, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Backyard Farm

    Backyard Farm Certified Personal Chicken Attendant

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    I am wondering about nipple waterers for chicks .... say older than 4 days. I love the little cup waterers for the teenagers and adults but too hard for babies to use. Wonder if the little nipples can be used wth babies. Tired of having to change water 3-5 times per day so they have clean water.
    thanks
     
  2. Backyard Farm

    Backyard Farm Certified Personal Chicken Attendant

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    anybody?
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I've got a nipple waterer in my brooder. The chicks learn how to use it really quickly. It's SO much less messy (like zero mess), and no poop or shavings in the water, so it stays clean for them.

    I'll be back in a few minutes with a photo of how I'm using one in my current brooder (but the chicks are a few weeks old now).

    Heavy plastic container I found at GoodWill store:
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    Silver Sebright chick using it:
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    You can see the nipple better in this shot:
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    Hope that helps!
     
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  4. Backyard Farm

    Backyard Farm Certified Personal Chicken Attendant

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    THANKS!! how old are they before you start using it? do you remember where you ordered it?

    ...again many thanks..

    really want to give them constant clean water like I do the adults.
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I built it myself, with nipples ordered from FarmTek. I have a bucket waterer in the run, with 3 nipples, a 1 gallon milk jug waterer in one coop, and a pitcher waterer in another. (But I understand a BYCer sells the nipples much more cheaply, due to the really high shipping cost from FarmTek.) You'll find a couple of sources in this thread:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=4120522

    I usually buy chicks about a week old, from the feed store, and I put the nipple waterer in the brooder right away, WITH a regular waterer just so the chicks have what they are used to using at the feed store, for a day or two. Then I take the regular waterer out and start "training" the chicks with the nipple waterer.

    They get it right away. Just tap on the nipple so the water drips, they come running over to investigate. Keep it up for a few minutes and then take your hand away. The chicks will peck at the nipple and learn that water comes from it.

    They teach each other. [​IMG]
     
  6. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Your nipple drinkers appear to be way to low, at least for the bird in the pic.
    Base the height of the nipple drinker on the size of the birds. On Day One, the trigger pin should be just slightly higher than the chicks' eye level. As the birds find the drinkers, raise the lines slightly, encouraging the chicks to stretch their necks. By the second or third day, drinker height should encourage the chicks to peck at about a 45-degree angle. As the birds age, continue to raise the drinkers. By four weeks, the drinker height should require the birds to peck at about a 50- to 55-degree angle.
     
  7. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Millions of day old chicks are started on nipple drinkers every day.
     
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:Yes, thank you. As I was taking the photographs, I realized I needed to raise it again. I'd lowered it for the bantams, originally, and now that the LF chicks are taller, I was trying to achieve a sort of happy medium.

    Off to raise the waterer. Thanks, Neil!
     
  9. scruffysmom

    scruffysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    My keets learned to use the nipple waterer the day after they were born.
     
  10. chicnchic

    chicnchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am planning to use the nipples for my chickens as they get older....but started them off on a gerbil waterer! [​IMG] They learned fast (1/2 hour after getting them home), and are doing well with it! [​IMG]
     

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